Mid-Town Manhattan / New York, New York
From Thanksgiving week through New Years, Manhattan (and in particular mid-town) is an absolute zoo and to be avoided at all costs - unless, of course you are a tourist visiting the Big Apple. And if so, then the multitude of crappy souvenir stores populating the Times Square area are for you. While it is a huge boom to the city's economy and merchandisers rely heavily on this pre-Christmas commercial season, as a resident it's a good time to stay local and take advantage of what your neighborhood has to offer. Enjoy!